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LUKA MODRIC WINS 2018 BALLON D’OR AWARD, ENDS MESSI & RONALDO’S 10-YEAR RULE

Luka Modric has won the 2018 Ballon d’Or at a ceremony in Paris.

The Real Madrid and Croatia star becomes the first player other than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi to claim the award since 2007.

The prize completes and fine 12 months for Modric, who won the Champions League with his club at the end of last season and was named Best FIFA Footballer of the Year in September after helping his country reach the World Cup final in Russia, where he was awarded the Golden Ball.

Modric, who is the first Croatian to win the Ballon d’Or, beat off competition from former Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo, who was second, and France’s World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann in third place.

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